Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan van Winkle's critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the prestigious Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand and The Oxford Poets series. He is co-founder and editor at Forest Publications and is currently writer in residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. Ryan has run spoken-word events UK and world-wide. He is also literary co-ordinator for Reel Festivals. Lauren Pyott is a freelance Arabic translator, writer, researcher and cultural events coordinator, specialising in literature and culture of the Middle East and with a degree in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh. She has travelled extensively in the Middle East and in particular, Syria.